Consider the theme of loneliness in 'Of Mice and Men'. How does it
affect the friendships and relationships in the novel?
This novel that was written by John Steinbeck which was set in the
1930s in Salinas Soledad which is in California.
The novel consists of many historical factors which have affected the
characters in this novel and one of them includes "the great
depression" Which leads the novels inspiration for the famous writer
John Steinbeck which he mainly based on his own experience. In those
days people travelled a lot differently to how we travel now.
In those days migrant workers travelled extravagant distances looking
for a job. There are many different themes in which are based
throughout the whole book, such as loneliness, happiness, nature,
dreams and reality: - Which even lead to catastrophe.
Many of the people in this novel have very lonely lives mainly because
they are migrant workers and as we know they don't have time to make
any friends or have any time to spend with their families. There are
many characters that are lonely due to age, sex, and race. Two good
examples would be Candy because of his age and Crooks because of his
This novel consists of two main characters George and Lennie, who are
an anomalous pair of migrant workers that look after each other. They
are completely the reverse of each other.
George is the one who has the communicative face and thinks of all of
their problems and ideas and tells the other one what to do. Being
like this all of the time, in what ever the story it is, always
pictures that you would be the small quick one with sharp features.
Lennie is the guy that is tall and always does what he is told and has
an ill-defined, solid, and powerful body and does not know his own
strength. Steinbeck describes him as the one with no shape in his face
and his body. Lennie drags his feet when he walks and acts like an
animal. In the descriptions of these two men their appearance is
completely different. George dresses neat and tidy, while Lennie
dresses very scruffy.
Just by the description of George and Lennie, you can clearly see that
Lennie is the child out of the two men, as you can tell how he talks
and acts around George and throughout the whole book. Being a man
Lennie lacks a lot of language, which I think that he never attended a
lot of school. Examples "look George, look what I done!" this is
immature language. This kind of behaviour makes George the father type
figure, so he would be the defender.
John Steinbeck relates to Lennie, in the theme of nature, by
describing his walk, and some of the things he does in relation to the
animals like the way he drinks from the lake as Steinbeck describes
him as a horse that puts its whole head into the water and slurps.
This links in to the theme of natures, because of the use of animal
descriptions that Steinbeck uses throughout the book, which is very
important to this novel because...